This has been making its rounds on blog (I got it from Ta-Nehisi but the original source is The Third Way.)
So if you want to balance the budget without raising taxes, where would you start? If wikipedia happens to be factually correct at this moment, we're spending more on mandatory programs than we get it total revenue. In other words, it is legally impossible to balance the budget without raising taxes.
A deficit of $1,500 billion is not going to be closed by cutting congressional pay and Amtrak, that's for sure.
And is case you're wondering, if TANF (aka: welfare) were put on this chart, it would fall (if my math is correct) at around $25, just below NASA (the TANF budget is about $16.5 billion).